Terry Woosley – Wuerl is brilliant as a PR man, giving himself the image of someone who has done so much to protect children from pedophile priests. However, the facts don’t show this to be true.
As is so typical of bishops and cardinals today, (and others who also commit crimes), he has given the impression that he has a zero tolerance for child rape, but his record shows a different story.
The quote below is from this Crime Magazine article:
“He’s apparently a very smart and personable man who gets good legal and public relations advice and follows it. (He’s the only bishop in the U.S. that I know of who, during the height of the abuse crisis, bought 30 minutes of prime TV time to run what amounted to an infomercial burnishing his record on handling abuse cases.) In each diocese, he’s benefited from archaic, predator-friendly laws that prevent all but a few victims from taking legal action to expose men who commit and conceal child sex crimes.”
Whatever the actual perception, Clohessey was clear that Wuerl should not be perceived as fighting for the victims.
“I think Wuerl, like many of his clerical colleagues, worked hard to keep clergy sex crimes concealed, and is likely doing so even now. It’s clear that he had his sights set on climbing in the hierarchy and he succeeded, in part I suspect, because he’s adept at posturing as a reformer. But with Wuerl, it’s more style than substance, at least with child sex crimes.”